Palissandre d'Or was launched in 2015 by niche perfumery Aedes de Venustas.
‘Palissandre’, which means ‘Rosewood’ in English, is a precious wood in the Dalbergia family. Native to the tropical regions of southern Asia, Africa and Central and South America, the cut wood is fragrant and aromatic, smelling more of flowers than of wood. It is the inspiration for Palissandre d'Or which the Aedes de Vensutas website calls ‘…a journey into the quintessence of wood.’
On me, Palissandre d'Or doesn’t move through layers, but evolves seamlessly. It opens with ambrette – vegetal and musky, its rose facet is pronounced on me, enveloped by its pear and iris aspects. You know right from the start that you are smelling a great perfume. Soon, pink pepper amplifies the rose at the opening while coriander adds a spicy woodiness to the fragrance. Nutmeg gives it a subtle sweet/spiciness. Then, cinnamon heats up Palissandre d'Or and releases the woods – sandalwood, subtly smoky and rose-faceted, reinforced with balsamic, woodsy copahu balm along with three types of cedarwood: Virginian, Chinese and Alaskan. They smell of cedar, tea and leather. It’s this combination that makes the base of the fragrance distinctive. I smell of moss here, which is probably from patchouli. Ambroxan, smelling like warm skin and clean wood, is the perfect ending.
The drydown is a refined and elegant woody, smoky and musky skin scent that is like no other woody fragrance out there.
Notes: ambrette, pink pepper, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, sandalwood, copahu balm, cedarwood, patchouli, ambroxan.